Specific manifestations of magic that can be generically called "spells". Use [magic] for more generic questions about magic.

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Can a magus using spell combat use improved two weapon fighting with it?

Im working on a new character and have been reading up on some of the classes. I was reading the magus class and their spell combat ability. At 1st level, a magus learns to cast spells and wield ...
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Can you choose to not pull with the Thorn Whip spell?

The 5E Druid spell Thorn Whip has a hit effect that pulls the target (Large or smaller) 10 feet, in addition to dealing piercing damage. I imagine this hit effect as the whip wrapping itself around ...
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What are the rules of a Spiritual Weapon occupying a square?

So we've run into this problem a few times with our D&D 5E group. The problem breaks down as such: We have a spectral weapon from our cleric, we've used an icon to represent it. The square that ...
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Do Saving Throws made for creatures include any modifiers?

I know that when casting a typical spell, unless otherwise specified you would cast the spell and figure its DC as 8 + (class specific) ability modifier + relevant proficiency modifier. My question ...
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Can you perform a reaction to somebody else's reaction?

Imagine Wizard A tries to cast fireball. Wizard B casts Counterspell as a reaction to try to nullify said fireball. Can Wizard C cast counterspell as a reaction to nullify Wizard B's counterspell? Can ...
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Would Suggestion trigger beguiling defenses, and if so what happens?

Considering Suggestion isn't technically a charm, but that those who are immune to charms are immune to its effects, does it logically follow that a Warlock could turn suggestion back on the caster? ...
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Is there a druidic version of the spell mark of justice?

The 5th-level cleric and 4th-level paladin spell mark of justice curses the subject when the subject performs an action chosen when the spell is cast. Is there a similar spell for punishing unruly ...
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How much will Vampiric Touch heal if combined with Touch of Death?

I'm playing Death Domain cleric and they have channel divinity "Touch of Death" that deals extra necrotic dmg on melee attack. I was wondering if i combine it with Vampiric Touch, will I heal myself ...
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Familiar + touch spells

If my character chooses the ritual Caster for his Variant human first level feat. Gaining Find familiar. Can he use Cure wounds via the familiar due to it being a touch spell? Also can he move the ...
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Casting Spells at close range as a Cleric

If I'm within 5 feet of an enemy, is my character still able to cast Sacred Flame on him or do I get disadvantage due to it being a ranged spell and not a touched based one?
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Navigating through magical darkness

This issue came up when the party's warlock cast Hunger of Hadar upon some enemies. She argued that because they were within magical darkness, and blinded, that they should not be able to immediately ...
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When, where, and with whom did the Dark Chaos Feat Shuffle originate?

In trying to give credit where it's due, I'd like to learn the name or pseudonym of the originator of the Dark Chaos Feat Shuffle (DCFS) (link is to a definition not a source), and where and when both ...
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Can the Hydraulic Push Spell be used in conjunction with Ranged Spellstrike?

Right now im creating a character for a pathfinder game. Suffice to say its a magus with the Eldritch Archer Archetype, which replaces normal Spellstrike with a ranged version: At 2nd level, ...
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While sailing can Gust of Wind be used to speed up your boat?

We are about to sail to arctic seas to check out a boat that has been attacked. I am trying to figure out an escape if we get attacked. What I am wondering is: if my cleric is in the back of the boat ...
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Sets of spells that have explicit bonuses when used together

Some spells come in "sets" that have explicit benefits when you use them together. For one example, the heart of element series in Complete Mage: heart of air heart of earth heart of fire heart of ...
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How does Vampiric Touch interact with Resistance/Vulnerability?

As a follow on from Can a Spell like Vampiric Touch drain life from a creature in 0 hp? If I use Vampiric Touch against a creature resistant or vulnerable to necrotic damage, what happens? How much ...
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Can a Spell like Vampiric Touch drain life from a creature in 0 hp?

I can't really be sure if the "no negative HP" means that the damage taken when in 0 HP does not "count" for Vampiric Touch if it's not "Massive Damage". Example: A character uses Vampiric Touch on ...
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Does Mystic Arcanum take up a spells known slot?

For levels where you get a new mystic arcanum, the warlock leveling table also shows that you get one more spell known. Are they the same spell, or is the spell you get from mystic arcanum a different ...
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Will destructive wave affect low flying, levitating, tree sitting, rope hanging enemy or only those on the ground?

I just got my Destructive Wave spell which is a great AOE for close quarters combat (you designate who it affects), but the other spell I use for that (Spirit Guardians) says it affects a (Self 15' ...
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With Spirit Guardians up and someone casts Insect Plague on your group, do the locusts die before they bite you?

If you have Spirit Guardians up protecting your party and your enemy casts Insect Plague to attack your group. Since it says that creatures are attacked when first entering the area, will all the ...
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How does the Draconic Breath feat interact with the Animate Breath spell?

The Draconic Breath [Draconic] feat (Complete Arcane) allows a Sorcerer to spend a spell slot to use a breath weapon as a standard action. This is a supernatural ability and the damage and save DC is ...
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Can the spirits in the spell Spirit Guardians see in the fog or dark?

My party is about to enter a room full of enemies so I cast Spirit Guardians on myself designating my party as friendly. Our druid casts fog cloud or our warlock casts magical darkness in the room ...
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Does Font of Life grant a saving throw against enervation?

The general feat Font of Life has as its benefit the following: Whenever you are struck by an attack that drains energy or bestows negative levels, you gain an immediate saving throw to resist the ...
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Will Feeblemind affect all the brains of a creature that has multiple brains?

Feeblemind says that one creature is affected. Does that means casting that spell on an Ettin, a Hydra, or even the Tiamat would affect all the brains at once? As a DM, I would argue that it should ...
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Can you choose not to affect yourself with area of effect spells?

Our group has some uncertainty regarding area of effect spells, specifically sleep. If a wizard were to cast sleep centered on herself - regardless of whether she gets included within the spell's ...
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Does Feeblemind's saving throw use the original or current intelligence of the target?

Feeblemind can, on a failed save, reduce a creature's intelligence and charisma to 1. That's a -5 modifier. Every 30 days, the target can repeat this save. Does the character save with their current ...
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The effect of Minor Illusion in the inner ear of a monster

Last session, one of my players said he wanted to cast minor illusion - creating a high-pitched screaming noise - within the inner ear of a Worg. I ruled it was permissible, got the Worg to take a ...
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Will allowing all (spell-casting) classes to cast all spells be unbalanced? [closed]

I'm homebrewing a new setting with attendant rule changes. According to the setting all magic comes from the same source. So I was thinking that it might make sense, if wizards were able to case cure ...
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Does the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim affect the creature's space or the creature?

Complete Adventurer contains the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim which has as its benefit Whenever you cast a spell with an area, you can attempt to shape the spell’s area so that one creature within ...
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How do you handle the casting of a fireball in a corridor or a small room?

The fireball spell is clearly described as a sphere with a 20' radius. In most case, that is applied at ground level since that's where most creatures are. We can actually see an example of such in ...
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If your body was destroyed while in a homunculus via Magic Jar, would the homunculus die?

If your body was destroyed while in a homunculus via Magic Jar, would the homunculus die? For class and story reasons I need my body to be destroyed while in someone or something else's body. Would ...
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How does “Long Arm” affect Familiar Size?

I recently added Witch to my horrendously multi-classed Fighter and found this little brain teaser. I had adopted a Blue Russian (cat) as my linked familiar whom I can cast self-altering spells on, ...
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What is the highest number of spells that can be cast in one round?

I'm aware of the hotly debated "...normal limit of one spell per round" text from the rules on magic casting time. Assuming that this doesn't mean anything substantial, however, what is a theoretical ...
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How does the spell “Create or destroy water” affect a shapeshifted Fathomer?

My friends and I are currently playing the Princes of the Apocalypse D&D campaign. After a few events, we found ourselves in the Rivergard Keep fighting with a fathomer. Fathomers are blue ...
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Will zone of truth affect the dead?

Cleric Bob has hit on an idea to try and compel an orc that attacked him (and is now deceased) to speak the truth so he can find out where their stronghold is. Cleric Freds plan is to cast Zone Of ...
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What objects travel with a creature affected by Banishment?

The banishment spell allows me to send a creature to another harmless plane of existence, where it is incapacitated. Assuming that all of the creature's equipment travel with it, what other non-...
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Dispel via opposite spells [duplicate]

This question was developed as an extension of one that is related. What interests me in particular is the part about dispeling. I'm totally agree with the linked answer to that related question (...
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Does an invisible familiar delivering a touch spell have advantage?

Since a warlock's familiar can be a Quasit (which can turn invisible) and a familiar can be used to deliver the warlock's touch spell, it should be able to deliver a touch spell like Vampiric Touch ...
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Does an ongoing Witch bolt ignore a Sanctuary cast afterwards?

A warlock casts witch bolt at a target successfully. On the target's turn, the target casts sanctuary to protect themselves. On the warlock's next turn, can the warlock choose to keep targeting the ...
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Do multiple sources of Temporary Hit Points combine or do you only get one set? [duplicate]

So I have a question about a warlocks temporary hit points. Say you cast Armor of Agathys and false life. Do you have two separate pools of hit points or do you have to pick one of the two? by ...
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Can Fire Storm be used against flying creatures?

Can the cleric level 7 spell fire storm be used against creatures/humanoids that are flying say 50' off the ground or can it only be used against creatures on the ground?
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Does Zone of Truth bind people to promises?

So in the game I'm in, a cleric wanted to use Zone of Truth to ascertain the actions of a group of prisoners they were going to release. He wanted to use Zone of Truth to guarantee the course of ...
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Can I pick the Produce Flame spell with the Spell Sniper feat?

Produce Flame (Player's Handbook, p. 269) creates a small, persistent flame that grants vision and can, optionally, be thrown at someone to make an attack. The Spell Sniper feat (p. 170), in addition ...
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What happens to divine power when you go epic?

Divine power (without capitalization) is a cleric spell that, among other things, sets your BAB to equal your level. Now, when you gain epic levels, you stop gaining BAB, you gain an epic bonus every ...
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When limited wish duplicates a spell, is the duplicated spell that spell or limited wish?

When the spell limited wish is used to duplicate a spell, is that effect the actual spell or, instead, is that effect limited wish reproducing the spell's effect? The 7th-level Sor/Wiz spell limited ...
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How to randomize spell scrolls

In 5th edition when a scroll comes up for loot, or when rolling for a robe of useful items, how do you pick which spell is on the scroll? I can't find a table for it.
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Heal as a paladin spell

By far the best healing spell in the game, heal, is a 6th-level spell for clerics. It’s also found on the Healing domain, again as a 6th-level spell. Various other classes get it as a 6th-level spell, ...
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Easiest Access to Raise Dead

In D&D 3.5, Raise Dead is a 5th level cleric spell, meaning a cleric would have to be level 9 to be able to cast it. The cleric who can cast Raise Dead can also cast many other spells, such as ...
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Does a dusk blade channeling shocking grasp get +3 to attack?

I have seen discussions on other boards where people believe a duskblade channeling shocking grasp against a metal armored opponent should receive the +3 attack bonus for the spell on the melee attack....
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Charm spells in combat [closed]

This question and the reception of my answer got me thinking about the usefulness of charms spells in combat. Their usefulness is quite different based on the situation and the specific spell. A ...